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Re: Bug#688046: ITP: out -- utility for producing UTF-8 output to standard streams and terminal.

On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:00:46 +0100
"James" <james.hunt@canonical.com> wrote:

> Package: wnpp
> Severity: wishlist
> Owner: James Hunt <james.hunt@ubuntu.com>
> * Package name    : out

Terrible choice of name - utf8-out ?

> Command-line tool that can produce UTF-8 (Unicode) strings in various ways and
> direct them to standard output, standard error or direct to the terminal
> without the need for shell support. Strings can be repeated, delayed,
> randomly-generated, written to arbitrary file descriptors, interspersed with
> other characters and generated using ranges. Printf(1)-style escape
> sequences are supported along with extended escape sequences.
> This utility sits somewhere between echo(1) and printf(1) in
> functionality with a dash of seq(1) thrown in.

If that's true, why hasn't this been included into shells already?

Struggling to see a use-case for it, TBH, which doesn't help with an
alternative name and may indicate that the long description doesn't
really describe why it would be useful. Is this just for test suites?
What needs this utility?


Neil Williams

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